Crime, Fire, Courts

Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
Homicide victim’s ex ordered to appear at preliminary hearing; affidavit sheds more light on the killing
06:39 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
The 26-year-old ex-lover of homicide victim Justina Altamirano Mosso was ordered Monday to appear for the preliminary hearing of the Lawrence man charged in the death after the defense in the case said evidence suggests he could be “the real killer.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Abuse, neglect now main reasons Kansas removes children from homes
10:18 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:39 a.m.
Abuse and neglect are the primary reasons children are being removed from their homes in Kansas, which is a change from the past, according to figures from the Department of Children and Families.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraud to finance campaign
April 19, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.
Lawrence woman charged with assault after accidentally stabbing self in text message fight
April 18, 2015
A Lawrence woman was arrested Friday after allegedly wielding a knife in a fight over text messages at an eastside apartment complex, according to Lawrence police.
Lawrence firefighters respond to house fire near Kennedy Elementary School
05:28 p.m., April 18, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters are responding to a house fire in the 1500 block of Davis Road, near Kennedy Elementary School.
Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy
April 17, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has begun accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis said in a news release Friday.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute
April 17, 2015
The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
Topeka man, 30, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for involvement in Lawrence man’s murder
04:45 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 30-year-old Topeka man found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary last month was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. A jury in March found Archie Robinson guilty in the March 8, 2014, shooting death of 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors Amy McGowan and Alice Walker argued that the death was an aggravated burglary gone wrong.
Cat struck by arrow at Lawrence mobile home dies; police investigating
04:14 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Lawrence police are investigating after responding to a report of an injured cat that had been struck by an arrow Monday night beneath a mobile home at 101 N. Michigan St., police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Retired Lawrence firefighter killed in Reno County crash
02:43 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A 52-year-old former Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical firefighter died late Saturday after a one-vehicle accident near Turon, Reno County Sheriff’s Capt. Darrian Campbell said Tuesday.
One of three cases is dismissed against Lawrence man shot by police in June
11:41 a.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
One of three cases against a 24-year-old Lawrence man shot by police in June after allegedly leveling a shotgun at an officer was dismissed Tuesday after witnesses to the case failed to show for the man’s preliminary hearing for the third time.